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The Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center opens 

I After 66 years the WRAC begins a new era of student services. 

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Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66 


Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

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^^^^I^^^^^^H year tor Northwestern State University. 

This year. Northwestern, along with many Louisiana universities, will 
implement new admissions standards. We expect these requirements to lead to a short-term decline 
in enrollment. However, these standards will bring more students to Northwestern who are better 
prepared for college. In the long run, we believe the university will increase its student retention 
and graduation rates. 

Two important building projects, which have been mentioned in the Alumni Columns, will 
also be open. The Wellness. Recreation and Activity Center, which was paid for with student assessed 
fees, will begin operation. A new 392-bed modified residence hall will also open this fall. The new 
residence hall was designed in the architectural style of beloved campus buildings such as Russell 
Hall, Warren Easton Hall and Caldwell Hall, yet has many modern amenities that students want. 

As the university began the new academic year, I also asked our faculty, staff and administration 
to focus on three institutional objectives. 

Those objectives are to identify and support programs and services responsive to the needs of 
the service area and student clientele, evaluate and respond to the changing environment to assure 
student learning and development, and provide support for economic and cultural development 
through community outreach. 

On the surface, each of these objectives may seem obvious, but it is important to focus on the 
long-term so each of us is not consumed with day-to-day tasks. 

Northwestern will continue to develop new degree programs that help our students gel the 
jobs which are available in our changing economy. Wc will also seek to continue providing our 
students with the best possible services to assist them in all areas. 

The university will ensure that students arc aware of available services and have the type of 
environment in which they can live and learn. 

Northwesterii will also reach out the community to provide services from areas such as the 
Small Business Development Center. We also want to provide a good quality of life for the region 
through performances by the Mrs. H.D. Dear and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing 
Arts and our intercollegiate athletic program. 

We hope you can come back to campus for Homecoming and see the 
positive changes taking place at your alma mater. 

Dr. Chris Maggio, '85, '91 

Director Alumni and Development 

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends: 

The Men's Gym, the "Old" Men's Gym, the Intramural Building, 
and the IM Building are all names that we have used to refer to a grand old 
building at Northwestern. A lot of memories can be stirred by mentioning 
this facility. 

Hundreds of basketball games were played there. I love hearing stories recounting the great 
games in Northwestern basketball history that took place in the Men's Gym prior to Prather Coliseum 
being opened in the 1960's. Alumni tell about the great rivalry games against Louisiana Tech, and 
students waiting in line to get a seat in the gym that was always "packed to the rafters". I've even 
heard stories where the basketball games (usually against McNeese) often turned into boxing matches 
as fights broke out between players and spectators. 

Physical Education classes were held there. This was the building where many physical education 
classes were held prior to the department moving across campus in the I960's. I'm sure many of our 
readers can recall stories about certain PE classes while at Normal or NSC. My favorite is to listen to 
alumni recall classes that they had with "Doc" Marx. He seemed to make a habit of jumping on 
desks, hiding in closets to listen to students grumble about him. or even climbing through a window 
in the building. Did this happen to any of you? 

More recently, in the 70's. 80's and 90"s the building became the home of Intramural sports at 
NSU. When I was in school, we referred to the building as the "Old Men's Gym." I was corrected by 
an English instructor that I should say "the Men's Old Gym." Never the less, I do have a lot of 
memories of my undergraduate years there also. Intramural sports, "the all-nighters" full of games 
and activities during welcome week and the KA Boxing tournament to raise money for Muscular 

Now, we have seen a transformation of the building to the Wellness. Recreation and Activity 
Center (WRAC). The building has been expanded to 81,000 square feet complete with two regulation 
sized basketball courts, three regulation sized racquetball courts, a 1/9"' mile rubberized walking/ 
jogging track, work out rooms, 5,600 square foot fitness floor with over 25 cardiovascular machines 
all equipped with cardio theater to watch any of the six television screens, a 3,000 square foot free 
weight room, steam rooms, etc. 

This wonderful building in the center of campus, full of so many memories has not only been 
spared through renovation but can now be a building that future students can all be proud of for 
several more generations. 

I hope the future students' memories are as nice as ours. 

Cover: Shown is the newly remodeled Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center; inset is the same 
building when it was the Men's Gymnasium built in 1939. 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of 

Northwestern State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XV Number 3 Fall 2005 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is pubHshed 

4 times a year by Northwestern State University, 

Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71497-0002 

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President Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Vice President Mike Sawrie 

Alexandria, 1972 

Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Executive Director Dr. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Brandon Scott Andrews Baton Rouge, 1992 

Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

MattKoury Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995 

K. Michael Sawi-ie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Rick Walmsley Covington, 1985 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Alan Seipert Winnsboro, Texas 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Dr Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


Leah Pitcher Jackson, 1994 

David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 

Matt Bonnette 


Gary Hardamon 


Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

NSU Press Publications Office 

Norttiwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-45011 to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's. Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, reUgion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

Alumni News 

Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center Opens! 

hen entering the gatestJnWTflW'esternj you areisu 
to be impressed by the latest improvement to NSU's campus, 
the long-awaited Wellness, Recreation and Activities Center, 
also know as the WRAC. 

*it"s the newest and nicest state-of-the-art facility in the state," said 
Patric DuBois. associate director of recreational sports. "And it"s available 
to NSU graduates." 

"I am excited about the WRAC opening, " said Stephen Wood, ph\ sica 
education student. "It will be convenient for us and ha\e nice equipment, 
much better than what we have had." 

The WRAC has a 66-year history as the Mens Gymnasium as well as 
the Intramural Center, but a new design and designation was the vision of 
former NSU students, who voted in 1998 on a $75 per semester fee to fund 
the new facility. Renovation of the Intramural Center began in March 2003. 

"Those students of that time, students who were at NSU between 1997 
and 1999 really saw this as an opportunity to contribute as future alumni." 
said Luke Dowden. who was the SGA president when the students passed 
the referendum. "Those students believed in something larger than their 
four years at NSU. They saw it was a way to give back to their in.stitution." 

Graduates of NSU, along with students, will be able to take advantage 
of the WRAC. A one-year membership is available for $360. You may also 
pay monthly fee of $35. Memberships for spouses of alumni are an addition 
S20 per month. Dependents ages eight to 18. are eligible for free 
memberships. Children younger than age 14 must be accompanied by an 

"I am so thrilled that the new WRAC is up and running," said Erin 
Long Drago. 2000 graduate, out of state recruiter and SMART Coordinator 
for NSU. "I am excited to have a state of the art facility here at Northwestern 
where 1 can enjoy working out. I know that it will be a great recniiting tool 
for NSU and very enjoyable for the community here in Natchitoches as 

Alumni from out of town will be able to use the facility for a guest fee 
of $ 1 per day. 

The WRAC, a three-floor. 81.000 square foot facility has an indoor 
jogging/walking track, two large gymnasiums and three racquetball courts. 

Other cardiovascular training areas include a 2,400 square foot group 
exercise studio, where more than 20 difference types of cardio classes are 
offered during the week, hosting six to eight classes per day. 

A cardio theatre is also available. Members can the time on the 
cardio equipment by watching television, which they can listen to with 

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standard headphones. Other cardio 
equipment is located throughout the 

Strength training is the focus of three 
areas. The building includes a 2,800 square 
foot strength area has Nautilus machines 
and a free-weight room that is 3,000 square 
feet. Women have the beauty-bell area, 
which holds smaller free weights. 

More than 50 students are employed 
at the WRAC. All fitness instructors are 
nationally certified and have a certification 
in First Aid and CPR. 

The WRAC employs some NSU 
alumni, including Chad Givens. a 2000 and 
2001 graduate, as an assistant recreational 
sports director and Ron Corkern III as the 
facility coordinator. Corkern is also a 2000 

Membership include individual 
showers and steam rooms for men and 

Lockers and massage therapy will be 

available for an extra fee, as will use of 

the fitness assessment lab, which offers 

services such as fitness testing, blood lipid 

rofiles and personal training. 

Horton named acting dean of graduate studies 

Dr. Steve Horton 

Dr. Steve Horton has been 
named acting dean of Graduate 
Studies and Research at 
Northwestern State University. 
Horton will oversee the 
university's graduate programs, 
research and sponsored 
programs, and efforts to promote 
and develop academic research 
by faculty and students. 

"There are significant 
synergies between graduate 
studies and the undergraduate learning environment," said Horton, 
who has been at the university since 1 989. "No university can 
boast a strong undergraduate program without strong graduate 
instruction. Over the past century, thousands have earned 
advanced degrees from Northwestern as a result of the 
contributions of its faculty in the areas of scholarship and service." 
Horton said support for graduate education by the 
administration at Northwestern would continue. The university 
will maintain its reputation for providing graduate education of 
the highest quality in the region because of the many advances in 
graduate distance education, the redesign of most of the graduate 
education programs, and the introduction of new graduate 
programs such as the master's program in heritage education. 

Horton has been head of NSU's Department of Journalism 
since 1999. While leading the Department of Journalism, the 
program received a donation to create the $1 million Erbon W. 

and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Journalism. The chair is filled 
this fall by Dr. John Merrill, professor emeritus at the University 
of Missouri, who is a internationally recognized journalism 
educator and practitioner. 

Under Horton, the department also received reaffirmation of 
accreditation from Accrediting Council on Education in 
Journalism and Mass Communication, which found the program 
to be in compliance with all of its 12 standards of accreditation. 

The department completed a $1 million digital conversion 
of its broadcast facility to better prepare its students for the job 

From 1997 to 1999, Horton was director of Alumni Affairs 
and development officer, and assistant professor of journalism at 
NSU. In that position, he increased alumni giving by 25 percent, 
incorporated alumni into the university recruiting effort and 
established "Grad Fest," a unique program that afforded the 
opportunity for graduation candidates to manage final affairs prior 
to graduation. 

Horton joined the university as an instructor of business in 
1 989 and was named an assistant professor of journalism in 1 997. 
From 1994 until 1998, he was also student publications director, 
overseeing the campus newspaper and yearbook. During that time, 
the campus yearbook. The Potpourri, received commendations 
for excellence in layout design and writing each year. 

A native of New Iberia, Horton earned a bachelor's degree 
at NSU. He received a master's and doctorate at Louisiana State 

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Longtime faculty member Elliott named acting dean of College of Business 

Dr. Stephen Elliott 

Dr. Stephen Elliott has been named 
acting dean of the College of Business at 
Northwestern State University. He succeeds 
Dr. Joel Woriey, who retired June 30. 

A professor of finance at NSU, Elliott 
has been the Kilpatrick Life Professor of 
Insurance since 2000. He has also served as 
area coordinator for finance and economics 
within the College of Business. Elliott has 
been a member of Northwestern's faculty 
since 1978. He has also served as a visiting 
faculty member at the University of Hawaii. 

Elliott earned his doctorate in economics 
and finance at Louisiana Tech University. He 
has extensive experience in insurance, 
financial planning, banking, real estate and 
as an economic consultant. 

"My vision is to be the top College of 
Business in the state. Because of the 
leadership of Dr. Barry Smiley, Dr. Carroll 
Aby and Dr. Joel Woriey we have made 
tremendous strides," said Elliott. "We want 
to be the place where students can get a first- 
class business degree and be taught by faculty 
who care. Our goal is to continue servicing 
the needs of the students through excellence 
in teaching, advising and placement, 
research, and to move forward to new 
academic excellence." 

Elliott said the reaffirmation of 
accreditation by The Association to Advance 
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 
International for six years is an indication of 
the quality of the program. 

"A six year accreditation is the longest 
period granted by AACSB, which indicates 
the outstanding work done by our faculty in 
the classroom and as researchers," he said. 
"1 regard my colleagues on the faculty as the 
best anywhere. They have a passion for 
teaching and are dedicated to staying current 
within their field. Because of their efforts, 
our students are ready to attend graduate 
school or enter the business world after 
earning a degree." 

Elliott wants to continue building strong 
relationships with alumni from the College 

of Business. Alumni and friends of the 
College of Business have made donations for 
nine endowed professorships for the college 
worth $900,000 and an endowed chair, which 
will be worth $1 million when matching 
funds are received. Several new scholarships 
have also been received. 

"Alumni and friends of the university 
are aware of the outstanding achievements 
at Northwestern and within the College of 
Business," said Elliott. "I want to make sure 
those people who support NSU are aware of 
our latest accomplishments and understand 
they can play a role in our future success." 

As a faculty member, Elliott has had 
work widely published in national and 
international professional journals. He has 
been a frequent presenter at professional 
conferences throughout the United States. 
Elliott has also been a consultant for leading 
international publishers on textbooks in the 
fields of finance, insurance and real estate. 

Elliott has used the Kilpatrick Life 
Insurance Endowed Professorship to conduct 
research on several aspects of insurance 
including consumer purchasing of insurance, 
regulations affecting insurance and how 
consumers make decisions on the purchasing 
of insurance. 

Lindsey to head Department of Psychology 

Dr. Cynthia Lindsey 

Dr. Cynthia Lindsey has been named 
head of the Department of Psychology at 
Northwestern State University. 

Lindsey, a member of NSU's faculty 
since 1999, has been acting department 
head since 2003. 

"The department has seen a 
tremendous amount of growth in the last 
couple of years, .so I want to be sure the 
program has some stability and maintains 
its quality," said Lindsey. "We want to 
maintain the best practices in the field and 
also look for ways to better serve the 
university and the community." 

Opportunities for growth were created 
when the Department of P.sychology was 

the first at Northwestern to place a 
complete bachelor's degree program 
online. A new Bachelor of Science in 
addictive studies was also created, 
allowing the university to utilize resources 
from the Louisiana Addiction Technology 
Transfer Center Coordinating Center at 
NSU. The experts at the Center will help 
Northwestern meet changing needs in the 

Lindsey plans to explore the 
possibility of creating an outpatient mental 
health center at Northwestern to serve the 
community. The center would provide 
individual, couples and family therapy. It 
may also provide group therapy and 
psychological evaluations. 

"This center would provide a valuable 
resource for the community as well as an 
excellent training opportunity for 
students," she said. 

Lindsey received a bachelor's degree 
in psychology and a master's in clinical 
psychology at NSU. She earned a doctorate 
in clinical psychology from Spalding 
University in Louisville, Ky., and became 
a iicen.sed clinical psychologist in the state 
of Louisiana in 1998. 

Alumni and friends invited to tailgate as 
the Demons take on DLL 

The Northwestern State University Alumni 
Association and NSU Athletic Association are 
sponsoring a weekend in Lafayette for NSU alumni 
and friends when the NSU Demons lake on the 
University of Louisiana-Lafayette at Cajun Field 
Saturday, Sept. 17. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the 
Hilton Lafayette. 1421 West Pinhook Rd., at $72 per 
night for double occupancy and $82 per night for king 
occupancy. To make a reservation, call the Hilton at 
(337) 235-61 1 1 or (800) 445-8667, and ask for the 
rooms reserved under Northwestern State University 
Alumni. Rooms are available for Friday and/or 
Saturday night(s). Space is limited and is available on 
a first come first served basis. 

The NSU tailgate party will take place from 
4:30-6:30 p.m. at Cajun Field. The cost is $10 per 
person. Anyone who would like to attend can call the 
NSU Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 or ((888) 799- 
6486 to make reservations. Information is also 
available on the Web at . 

Tickets to the 7 p.m. football game are 
available by calling the NSU Ticket Office at (318) 
357-4268. Ask for seating in the Northwestern 

Events will begin with a Friday night fish fry at 
The Schilling Shack from 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 16. All 
NSU alumni, parents, friends and fans are invited. 
The cost is $15 per person. Anyone interested in 
attending can RSVP the NSU Alumni Center by phone 
at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486 or by e-mail to . 

For more information, contact Janay Matt, 
assistant director of Alumni Affairs, at (318) 357-4414 
or Charlie Vienne, assistant athletic director for 
external relations, at (318) 357-4295. 

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NSU Foundation director retires 

Tony Gustwick 

Tony Gustwick, executive director of 
the Northwestern State University 
Foundation, retired in June after a long 
career in higher education. Gustwick, who 
also served as the university's director of 
institutional advancement, worked at 
Northwestern for the last decade, fostering 
a mutually beneficial relationship between 
the university and the Natchitoches 
community through his involvement in 
numerous civic organizations. 

Gustwick came to NSU in 1995 from 
LSU where he served in various leadership 
capacities with the LSU Alumni 
Association for 15 years. He also worked 
10 years at his alma mater, Texas Tech 
University, as assistant director of alumni 
affairs and served as alumni director at the 
University of North Texas for six years 
prior to his work at LSU. 

"Anyone in a public relations job 
needs to keep constant contact with people 
off-campus," Gustwick said. 

Gustwick has received several honors 
and held membership in many 
organizations, including Eagle Scout, First 
Methodist Church, and Alpha Phi Omega 
National Service Fraternity, which 
awarded him the fraternity's Distinguished 
Service Award. He was awarded the Anny 
Commendation Medal and was the first 
chairman of Southwest District IV of the 
Council for Advancement and Support of 
Education (CASE) and is a recipient of the 
District's -Distinguished Achievement 
Award. Gustwick was appointed honorary 
admiral in the Texas Navy by former Texas 
Governor Preston Smith. 

Gustwick is past president of the 
College Alumni Directors of Texas and was 
a member of the Louisiana Alumni 
Executives. He is currently serving on the 

board of directors of the Association of the 
United States Army (Fort Polk Chapter) 
and is past president of the Bon Temps 
Dance Club. 

Locally, Gustwick serves on the board 
of directors of the Natchitoches Chamber 
of Commerce and is past member of the 
board of the Wesley-Westminster 
Foundation. He is past president of 
Methodist Men and the Natchitoches 
Rotary Club and is a member of 
Natchitoches Business and Professional 
Women's Club. He is a member of the 
Masonic Lodge and is a Shriner. He is a 
charter member of the Krewe of Dionysos 
and will serve that organization as captain 
next year. 

Gustwick said involvement in 
community organizations was dual 

"The more you do on the outside, the 
more people you meet. Fund raising and 
alumni is a people business and you can't funds sitting in your office. You've 
got to meet people and get to know them 
and where their interests lie. You may meet 
an alumnus who was a business major who 
is not interested in contributing to the 
business department; instead, they may 
want to support the symphony," he said. 

During Gustwick's tenure at 
Northwestern, fund raising increased from 
$180,047 in 1994 to $1,555,520 in 2004. 

"Good people on the Foundation 
Board made the experience such a 
pleasure," Gustwick said. "It's been a joy 
to work with them." 

A native of Yoakum, Texas, Gustwick 
earned a bachelor of business 
administration degree in industrial 
management from Texas Tech in 1962. 
Upon graduation he was commissioned a 
second lieutenant in the U.S. Army 
Medical Service Corps and served on 
active duty 28 months. He received an 
honorable discharge as a captain in 1968. 

Gustwick is married to Linda Tillman. 
He has two grown children living in Texas 
and a step-daughter living in New York. 

In retirement, Gustwick will remain 
active in many civic and social groups, but 
said he is looking forward to a flexible 
schedule and perhaps putting in a garden. 

"It's good to know we don't have to 
do anything," he .said. 

NSU Professional Advisors 
Association begun 

The first meeting of the NSU 
Professional Advisors Association 
Executive Committee was held recently at 
the Northwestern State University Alumni 

The committee established the NSU 
Professional Advisors Association 
Scholarship which will be presented to a 
business major at Northwestern this fall. 
The scholarship is being set up with a 
portion of the annual $100 dues paid by 
Advisors Association members. The 
recipient must be at least a sophomore with 
a grade point average of at least 3.0 and 
demonstrate financial need. 

Nettles Brown of Natchitoches with 
New York Life Insurance Co. and Waskom, 
Brown & Associates was elected chairman. 
Donna Vercher LaCour of Shreveport with 
Argent Trust was elected secretary. 

Also named to the executive 
committee were Glen Cooley of Slagle, 
Dr. Bobby Alost, Mark Ducote, Nicole 
Howard, Jimmy D. Long, Jr, and Angle 
Smith, all of Natchitoches; Chuck Higgins 
of Shreveport, Grover Davis of Atlanta, 
Adrian Howard of Irving, Texas; Jack 
Welch Hi of Pearl, Miss., and Wende 
Wilson of Stonewall. 

The NSU Professional Advisors 
Association was established through the 
NSU Foundation and is open to 
professional advisors in the areas of 
finance, investments, accounting, tax, law, 
insurance, real estate and banking. 
Northwestern alumni and friends of the 
university are encouraged to join the group. 

In addition to helping support 
Northwestern, members will receive 
recognition at estate seminars sponsored 
by the NSU Foundation and in 
Northwestern publications. Members will 
also receive the "Council Columns" 
newsletter, invitations to special events and 
be a possible presenter at estate planning 

The first estate planning seminars 
sponsored by the NSU Foundation this fall 
will discuss tax planning and investment 
planning. The seminars will be open to the 

For more information on the NSU 
Professional Advisors Association or the 
estate planning seminars, contact Sharon 
Sampite at the NSU Foundation at (318) 
357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. 

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Lance Elmore - this Demon football player has been where 
teamwork matters most 

After 13 months in Afghanistan, the sophomore defensive 
end has resumed his Northwestern studies and playing 

Through his days as an All-State football player at Mangham 
High School, then during his first two years with the Northwestern 
State Demons, Lance Elmore thought he had a pretty good grasp 
of the concept of teamwork. 

After serving 13 months with the National Guard in 
Afghanistan, Elmore more thoroughly understands and 
appreciates teamwork's value and importance. 

Now, nearly halfway through his redshirt sophomore season 
wearing uniform No. 52 for Northwestern's Purple Swarm 
defense, Elmore takes nothing for granted. From the time his 
battalion's plane touched down in Alexandria, ("the sweetest 
moment in my life, 8:02 a.m., April 2 1 , 2005," he says), his heart 
swelled gratefully as he resumed life as a college student, as a 
football player, and most of all, as a beloved son and treasured 

He's back doing what he wants to do partly because he and 
the other soldiers in the 528th worked so well together when it 
mattered most. 

He's seen first-hand some of the most oppressed, 
disadvantaged people on Earth. He's stood his ground, watching 
rockets fired by insurgents sailing toward him and his National 
Guard battle buddies. 

He's seen men his age and younger wounded and killed in 
mortar attacks. He's worried when a smiling 6-year-old child 
scampered toward him, wearing a backpack. He's seen mothers 
and fathers begging for food and shelter for their families, and at 
times, he was able to help them. Other times, under orders from 
his base's commanding officer, he wasn't. 

It's an experience he doesn't care to repeat, but one he 
wouldn't change. 

His Louisiana National Guard 528th Engineering Battalion 
was fortunate. 

Although soldiers in their camp were injured and killed during 
Elmore's stay, everyone from the 528th Battalion came home 

That seemed overly optimistic after his life took a wild and 
scary turn early on the morning of Nov. 7, 2003. when Elmore 
was about to board a team bus in Natchitoches for the Demons' 
game the next afternoon at Sam Houston State. 

A redshirt freshman linebacker. Elmore had blocked a punt 
and made five tackles in his first year on the field for 
Northwestern. Then came an urgent message — immediately 
contact the National Guard unit that he had joined while still in 
high school, because his mother thought that was the most likely 
path to provide him with the chance to be the first in his family to 
attend college. She couldn't have fore.seen that he would be able 
to choose among football scholarship offers from colleges in the 

Being a gcxxl teammate. Elmore thought, was a breeze. It meant 
carrying out your assignments and not letting the other players 
down. It meant pushing yt)urself to work harder, and trying to inspire 
the guys around you. It required trust and commitment and faith. 

It still does, he says. Those values are important. But having 
competed in an arena where the stakes were life and death, Elmore 
has a real appreciation for what he used to never give a second 

"Everybody I've had a conversation with since I got back, 
I've told them do the right things and don't take your life here for 
granted in the least," he said. "I went from living nicely and 
danger-free here, to going overseas into a war zone with a bunch 
of strangers in a couple of months. 

"You only have a short time to find out who you can trust in 
a foxhole with your lives on the line, and that's as real as it gets. 
We always talk about if somebody doesn't show up for weights, 
that we won't be able to depend on them in the fall. There's a 
trust you try to build on the football field and you need to be able 
to depend on your teammates doing their jobs. But that's really 
not life and death. That's maybe whether you're getting your 
education paid for, or not, and that is important, and you don't 
want to let anybody down. But it's not life and death." 

Lance Elmore, the football player, became Spc. Elmore, the 
warrior. Trained and capable of handling an array of weapons, 
his primary job in Afghanistan was not to defend or to destroy, 
but to build. Elmore's unit primarily did electrical work on 
buildings constructed either to house American military personnel 
or Afghan schools and other governmental structures. 

"Everything I did over there, I compared to my life over 
here," Elmore said. "Making a mistake on the football field, your 
coach might pull you out of the game, or he might let you go and 
see if you can get your head together. You make a mistake over 
there and it might be the last thing you ever do. It could cost you 
your life or other people's lives. The choices we make here, some 
have consequences and some don't. Over there, we had to make 
good decisions. You went by the rules of engagement, and that 
was it. You never put your life in danger, or the life of your battle 
buddy. If you thought you wanted to do something crazy, you'd 
better go get .some help, because you could cause a whole lot of 
damage and change a whole lot of lives for the worse. Nobody 
wants to have to call home and say that your son or daughter has 
been killed because of my mistake. 

"I'll tell any athlete here — being in America is not only a 
blessing, but a privilege. You were born here but you could just 
as well have been born in Afghanistan. You better take advantage 
of what you've been given. Educationally, we take being in college 
for granted in nearly every case. 

"Over there, we were 
actually building their schools. 
I went through an experience I 
that tested me. I made it through 
it, I learned from it. I just didn't 
go and say, 'I went to 
Afghanistan and fought for my 
country.' It did something to me, 
it affected me, and it changet 
my life, for the 

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Northwestern gearing up for Homecoming Festivities 

Many activities have been planned for Northwestern alumni and 
friends during Homecoming weekend, Thursday, Oct. 13 through 
Saturday, Oct. 15. 

Thursday, Oct. 13 

• The NSU retirees' reception will be held in the Family and 
Consumer Sciences Building from 3-4 p.m. The event is open to all 
NSU retirees and will be held in the upstairs dining room. 

Friday, October 14 

• The College of Business will host the annual Walter Porter 
Forum on Friday morning. The College of Business Dean's Advisory 
council will meet in the afternoon. Times are to be announced. For 
more information, call the College of Business at (318) 357-5161. 

• The Alumni Association will hold a board meeting at 10 a.m. in 
Room 221 of the Student Union. The annual board of directors 
meeting is open to the public. 

• The annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held at the 
NSU Rec Complex's 18-hole golf course on Friday, Oct. 14. Guests 
are invited to participate in the annual golf scramble for $50 per 
player, including golf cart and a lunch that will be served at noon. 
Tee time for the four-man scramble will be at 1 p.m. Reservations 
can be made by calling Hall Adams at the Rec Complex at (318) 
357-3207 or e-mailing him at 

• The NSU Foundation Board meeting will be held at 1 :30 p.m. 
in the Cane River Room of the Student Union. The meeting is open 
to the public. 

• The popular Homecoming parade, which annually draws the 
Natchitoches community into the festivities, will begin at 5 p.m. at 
Prather Coliseum. The parade will proceed on South Jefferson and 
Jefferson streets, turning onto Rue Beauport to end in front of the 
Fleur de Lis stage on the downtown riverbank. A pep rally on the 
riverbank will follow, featuring entertainment by the Northwestern 
spirit groups. The Homecoming court and student athletes will be 

• An invitation-only reception will be held to honor Long Purple 
Line recipients, the Foundation Board, the President's Distinguished 
Service Award recipient. Distinguished Faculty award recipients and 
the Alumni board. The reception will be held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. 
in the President's Home. 

• The Homecoming Banquet will be held to honor Long Purple 
Line recipients, the President's Distinguished Service Award 
recipient. Distinguished Faculty Award recipients and N-Club 
inductees. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Union 
Ballroom. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the 
Alumni Center or by calling (318) 357-04414 or (888) 799-6486. A 
social hour prior to the banquet will be held from 6:30-7 p.m. in the 
lobby of the Student Union. 

Saturday, Oct. 15 

• The Catholic Student Organization will host alumni weekend 
activities beginning with a program to honor Alumni of the Year and 
Layperson of the Year. The program will be held at Holy Cross 
Church and is open to the public. Time is to be announced. An alumni 
mass will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at Holy Cross for all 
NSU alumni and friends. For more information, call Holy Cross 
Church at (318) 352-2615 or Don Barker at (318) 357-5901. 

• A College of Education reunion will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the 
Teacher Education Building. All graduates of the College of 
Education are invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the 

inductees of the College's Hall of Distinguished Educators. For more 
information, call (318) 357-6278. 

• The University Book Store will be hope from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. in 
the Student Union. The bookstore will offer a wide selection of 
Northwestern apparel and memorabilia. 

• The N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 
10:30 a.m. on the East Concourse of Prather Coliseum. The N-Club 
recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field 
of intercollegiate athletics at NSU either by virtue of their 
performance on athletic teams representing the university or by 
meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic programs at the university. 
An N-Club barbecue will be held following the Homecoming game 
at 5:30 p.m. at the Shriner's Club. For more information, contact 
Gil Gilson at (318) 677-3141 or e-mail him at . 

• The College of Business will host a morning reception for 
inductees of the College's Hall of Distinction in the Natchitoches 
Room of Russell Hall. This honor is reserved for alumni and faculty 
who distinguished themselves through professional success, 
philanthropic endeavors and/or outstanding service to their alma 
mater. Time is to be announced. For more information, call the 
College of Business at (318) 357-5161. The College of Business 
will also host an open house and reception from 10 a.m. to noon in 
the Natchitoches Room. All College of Business alumni are invited 
to renew old friendships before the game. 

• Alumni tailgating will be from 1 1 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at Tailgating 
Field adjacent to Turpin Stadium. Various groups, including Greek 
organizations, N-Club and College of Education will be tailgating 
prior to the football game. 

• The 1955 Football Team Reunion reception will begin at 1 1 :30 
p.m. in the Brown-Stroud Room in the Athletic Fieldhouse. For 
more information, call the NSU Alumni Center at (3 1 8) 357-4414 or 
e-mail to . 

• The Columns Society Induction will take place from noon-1 
p.m. in the President's Room of the Student Union. The Columns 
Society will host an induction ceremony and luncheon to honor 
supporters who made a planned gift to NSU. For more information, 
contact Sharon Sampite at (318) 357-4245. 

• Pre-game activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Turpin Stadium. 
Guests are invited to enjoy the pre-game show performed by the 
Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band and other game day activities. 

• The Homecoming game against Southeastern Louisiana will 
begin at 2 p.m. Half-time ceremonies will begin at approximately 
3:30 p.m. 

The annual Band Alumni Party will begin at approximately 5 
p.m. at the Alumni Center. 

• A post-game reception honoring the Homecoming Court will 
begin at approximately 5 p.m. The invitation-only event will be held 
in the Steve and Lori Stroud Hospitality Room in the Athletic 

• Join Demon fans downtown for a post-game celebration with 
Boogie on the Bricks, a free street dance/concert. Boogie on the 
Bricks will take place from 7-10 p.m. in historic downtown 

• A Phi Kappa Phi Alumni Reunion will take place during 
Homecoming. Details are forthcoming. For more information, call 
Mike Murphy at (504) 443-5004 or (504) 837-1722 Ext. 105 or e- 
mail to . A second contact is Charles Bice at 
(3 1 8) 332-8399 or e-mail . 

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Thursday, October 13 

NSU Retirees Reception 

3-4 p.m. - Family & Consumer Science Building 

(Upstairs Dining Room) 

Reception for all Northwestern retirees. 

Friday, October 14 

Alumni Association Board Meeting 

10:00 a.m. Room 221, Student Union. Annual 
Board of Directors meeting open to the public. 

Homecoming Golf Tournament 

1.00 p.m. — NSU Recreation Complex 

Come participate in the annual golf scramble on 

the 18-hole golf course for $50 per player 

(includes golf cart and lunch by Coach Gene 

Knecht). Tee time is at 1 :00 p.m. and lunch will 

be served at 12:00 p.m. Reservations can be 

made by calling Hall Adams at the NSU 

Recreation Complex at 318-357-3207 or email at 

adamsh(5) . 

NSU Foundation Board Meeting 

1:30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. 
Open to the public. 

Homecoming Parade 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual 
Homecoming Parade for both the Northwestern 
and Natchitoches communities. Begins at 
Prather Coliseum and ends at the downtown 
riverbank. Pep rally on the riverbank will follow 


5:45 p.m. -6:45 p.m. - President's Home. By 
Invitation Only. 

Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, 
Distinguished Faculty Recipients, Long Purple 
Line Recipients, President's Distinguished 
Service Award Recipient. 

Homecoming Banquet 

7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom 
Annual banquet honoring Long Purple Line 
Recipients, the President's Distinguished Service 
Award Recipient, Distinguished Faculty Award 

Recipients and N-Club Inductees. Tickets are $15 
per person and can be purchased at the Alumni 
Center or by calling 357-4414 or 888-799-6486. 
Social prior to the banquet will be held from 6:30- 
7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Union. 

Saturday, October 15 

College of Education Reunion 

8:30 a.m. - Teachers Education Building 
All graduates of the College of Education are 
invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the 
inductees of the College's Hall of Distinguished 
Educators. For more information, call (318) 357- 
4414 or 888-799-6486. 

University Bookstore Open 

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union 
Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU 

N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

10:30 a.m. - East Concourse Prather Coliseum 
For more information, please call Gil Gilson at 
(318) 677-3141 or email at . 

Alumni Tailgating 

1 1 :00 p.m. - 1 :30 p.m. - Tailgating Field 
The Alumni Association will be serving plate 
lunches for $5 per person. All NSU Alumni are 
invited to come by the lent and grab something to 
eat before the game. It will be a great time to 
visit with friends you haven't seen in a while. 

Tailgating Activities 

1 1 :00 p.m. - 1 :30 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent 
to Turpin Stadium. Various groups, including the 
Greek organizations. N-Club and College of 
Education will be tailgating prior to the football 

1955 Football Team Reunion Reception 

1 1 :30 p.m. - Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse 
For more information, please call the NSU Alumni 
Center at (318) 357-4414 or email at 

"The Columns Society" Induction Ceremony 

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. - President's Room, 
Student Union. 

The "Columns Society" will host the charter 
member induction ceremony to recognize and 
honor special supporters who made a planned 
gift to NSU. For more information on "The 
Columns Society, " please call Sharon Sampite at 

Pregame Activities 

1:30 p.m. -Turpin Stadium 
Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of 
Northwestern Marching Band and other game 
day activities. 

Homecoming Game vs. Southeastern 

2:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium 

Halftime Ceremonies 

3:30 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium 

Band Alumni Party 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Alumni Center 

Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Steve and Lori Stroud 

Hospitality Room, 

Athletic Fieldhouse (by invitation only) 

N-Club Barbecue 

5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Shriners' Club 

For more information, please call Gil Gilson at 

(318)677-3141 or email at Gilson(S) . 

'Boogie on the Bricks" 

7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Front Street 
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live 
music, food and drinks as Natchitoches puts on 
its best for the Demons! 

Other Homecoming Activities 

Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Reunion 

For more information, please call Charles Bice at 
(318) 332-8399 or email at 
CharlesBBice(a) or David Morgan at 
dmorgan738(a) . 

Columns Society Induction to be part of Homecoming Festivities 

An induction ceremony for the Colunnns Society at 
Northwestern State University will be held as part of 
Homecoming activities Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon in the 
President's Room of the Friedman Student Union. 

The NSU Foundation has created The Columns Society to 
honor and recogni/e special supporters who make a planned gift 
to Northwestern. Supporters who make a planned gift to the 
university are eligible to be part of the group. The ceremony will 
also honor legacy members, who are alumni and friends of 
Northwestern that have passed away and left a gift to the university. 
"The Columns Society exemplifies the importance of 

charitable requests and other planned gifts, and through the society 
the university can thank alumni and friends who create legacy gifts 
and lasting memorials," said Sharon Sampite', assistant director 
of the NSU Foundation. 

Planned gifts can fund a named endowed scholarship, endowed 
professorship or endowed chair. These gifts can benefit a 
preferred department, school or college as well as a support 
organization at NSU. The donation can also be used to meet the 
greater needs of the university. 

For more information on planned giving, contact the NSU 
Foundation at (318) 357-4414. 

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Alumni Gatherings 

Baton Rouge 


Pauline Jobe ('42) and Alta ('51) 
and Glide Osborn got together at 
the Baton Rouge alumni 

Chris ('77) and Maudrie Eldridge 
visited with Carlos Prevo at the 
reception held in conjunction with 
the Louisiana High School Coaches 
Conference in Baton Rouge. 

Rose Long ('68) saw Ann ('84) 
and William Haile ('43) at the 
Baton Rouge alumni gathering. 

Library Science 

Thomas Hennigan ('51), Avis 

Hower ('51) and Joanne Pickett 

('76, '81) gathered with other 

Library Science alumni at their 

annual luncheon. 

Sharon Ebarb ('74), Mary Walker 
(72, '76, '83) visited during the 
Library Science Alumni 

Mary Edwards ('75), Marietta 

Booth ('61) and Margaret Crane 

('74) met with other Library 

Science alumni at the annual 


Washington D.C. 
Crawfish Boii 

Amanda Cason ('03, second 
from left) showed her Purple 
Pride to friends at the 
Washington D.C. crawfish boil. 

Reception w 

Doug Ireland ('86) and Matt 

Machen ('94) enjoyed visiting 

with other Winn alumni. 

Jon Zeagler ('94), Betty Zeagler, Jane Claborn Purser ('55) and 

There was high attendance at the second alumni gathering in our nation's Capital. 

Olivia Ann Willis ('66) and Sarah 
Harrison Zeagler ('95) gathered 
with friends and family at the 
Winnfield recruiting and alumni 

^ ^ 

President Randall Webb ('65) 
recognized two Winn Parish 
students who will be attending 
NSU this fall. 

Ronald Wilkins ('89) and his wife 
Marjorie brought their children to the 
crawfish boil in Washington D.C. 

Buck ('59) and Sandra Folse 
('62) Tumminello caught up with 
other NSU alumni. 

Incoming Freshmen from Winn Parish were welcomed by NSU alumni. 

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Alumnus Roy Connell remembers 
vividly that one of the obstacles to 
gaining a college education isn't in the 
classroom. A lack of money can keep a 
student from completing their college degree 
and Connell is doing his part to keep that 
from happening. 

Connell, a 1951 graduate of 
Northwestern, has pledged to make annual 
contributions of $1,250 to the NSU 
Foundation for scholarship assistance. 

"I want to help students because when 1 
went to Northwestern, it was hard to go." said 

Connell. a retired accountant who lives in 
Pasadena, Texas. 

The donation will assist students in the 
fall, spring and summer semesters. 

Connell said he recently received a 
thank you note from a student who benefited 
from his donation. 

"The student really loved Northwestern, 
but she was going to have to transfer to be 
closer to home because she didn't have the 
money." he said. "I am glad 1 am able to help 
someone along the way. 1 will keep helping 
as long as I can." 

When he came to Northwestern, Connell 
said he "was a student out of place." Connell 
planned to major in agriculture, but later 
found out he would have to transfer to earn 
the degree he was seeking. He graduated with 
a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry 
and physics. After 10 years in the 
supermarket industry, he decided to change 
professions and become an accountant. 

"1 was in my mid-30"s but decided to 
start over and enjoyed being an accountant," 
he said, "it's good that I have the chance to 
help others become whatever they want." 

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation has made 
a donation to the NSU Foundation to endow the 
Mildred Hart Bailey Preservation Scholarship Fund. 
Bailey, a founding NHF board member, was a local 
preservationist who was on the faculty at Northwestern 
State University. The scholarship will go to a student 
entering NSU's newly-created Master of Arts in 
Heritage Resources program, which will begin this fall. 

"We are fortunate to have this program forming at 
Northwestern," Edwin Dunahoe, NHF president said. 
"In many ways, its goals parallel our own here at the 
Foundation. I'm sure the students entering the program 
will benefit the presei^'ation needs of the Natchitoches 

The new scholarship will provide $500 to a 
Heritage Resources graduate student who will, in turn, 
aid the Natchitoches Historic Foundation in its 
preservation efforts in Natchitoches. 

According to ElizaBeth Guin, Heritage Resources 
program coordinator, the scholarship will make a 
difference beyond Natchitoches as well. 

"Each year, our graduating students will enter 
preservation positions across the country," Guin said. 
"We're thrilled NHF is supporting this new program 
and contributing to the development of America's future 

Heritage Resources are the physical remains and 
oral traditions of past human activities. They include 
archaeological sites, historic structures, archival 
records, oral traditions, and human-modified 

The Heritage Resources program's mission is to 
provide students with opportunities to become highly 
motivated, knowledgeable, and skillful professionals 
who. by working with federal and state agencies, 
historic preservation groups, and property owners as 
well as others, are able to develop integrated 
preservation strategies to protect and manage the total 
range of the country's heritage. 

For more information on the Master of Arts in 
Heritage Resources, visit 
heritageresources or call 357-6195. For more 
information on NHF's preservation efforts, visit 

Guidroz Physical Therapy Scholarship estabUshed 

Natchitoches physical therapist Richard Guidroz and his wife Rhonda 
have made a donation to the NSU Foundation to establish the Guidroz Physical 
Therapy Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a student in health 
and exercise science or pre-physical therapy. 

Both Richard and Rhonda Guidroz are Northwestern alumni. Richard 
Guidroz began practicing as a physical therapist in 1 976 and opened his private 
practice in 1980. 

"I am celebrating 25 years in private practice and wanted to do something 
special to show what Northwestern means to us." said Richard Guidroz. "Both 
of us went here and it ga\ e us a tremendous foundation. We are indebted to 
the university and to the faculty who taught us." 

Guidroz remembers how important financial aid was for him and his 
wife when they were attending NSU. 

"If not for financial aid and scholarships, neither I nor my wife would 
have gotten where we are today," he said. "We want to be able to make it 
easier for students." 

As a practicing professional in Natchitoches, Guidroz works with students 
taking health and exercise science and pre-physical therapy classes and assists 
them as they begin the transition into the profession. 

"The students I come into contact with are very well prepared for the 
competitive environment of physical therapy," said Guidroz. "Northwestern 
students are accepted into physical therapy school at a very good rate." 

A scholarship committee including faculty from the Department of Health 
and Human Performance and the Department of Biological Science will 
choose the scholarship recipient. 

A new scholarship established at Northwestern by Natchitoches physical therapist 
Richard Guidroz (center) and his wife Rhonda (second from left) will be awarded 
to a student in health and exercise science or pre-physical therapy. Both Richard 
and Rhonda Guidroz are Northwestern alumni. Also shown are (far left) Director 
of Alumni Affairs and Development Dr. Chris Maggio, (second from right) Dr. Bill 
Dickens, head of the Department of Health and Human Performance and Sharon 
Sampite, assistant director of the NSU Foundation. 


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Legacy of mentoring comes full circle 
with Stewart Endowed Professorship 

Thomas Edison Stewart spent his career 
as an educator, encouraging students to do 
their best in the classroom. Stewart has 
decided to honor a teacher who inspired him 
from an early age with a donation of $60,000 
to the Northwestern State University 
Foundation to establish the Thomas E. 
Stewart Endowed Professorship in the 
College of Education. 

The donation will be matched with 
$40,000 from the Board of Regents' Support 
Fund to create a $100,000 endowed 
professorship. Interest generated by the 
endowment will fund faculty research and 
development along with needed equipment. 

Stewart made the donation on his 91" 
birthday in the memory of Joe Webb, who 
was Stewart's principal in school and 
chemistry teacher at Louisiana State Normal 
College as his way "to give back a little 
something to the school where I got my start." 

Thomas Edison Stewart 

Joe Webb 

Joe Webb was the father of 
Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. 

"I am honored and humbled that Mr. 
Stewart would make this generous donation 
in memory of my father," said Webb. "I 
believe the life work done by my father and 
Mr. Stewart show the impact that a dedicated 
teacher can have on the lives of others. This 

gift will help Northwestern to prepare future 
educators to follow in their steps." 

The new endowed professorship is the 
third created within the College of 
Education. Private funding has also been 
obtained for an endowed chair for the 

"Mr. Stewart's contribution will provide 
resources for maintaining the legacy of 
teacher preparation programs originating at 
'Louisiana Normal,'" said Dr. Vickie Gentry, 
acting dean of the College of Education. 
"Many of us chose teaching as a career 
because of the influence of one memorable 
teacher who made a difference in our lives. 
Because someone taught us in a meaningful 
way, we desire to have the same impact on 
others. It is touching to know and appreciate 
the cycle - a teacher who enjoys helping 
others learn is as much needed in 2005 as it 
was in 1929." 

Stewart, a native of the Lula 
community in DeSoto Parish, attended 
school in Lula where he met Joe Webb, who 
would be a major influence on his life. He 
graduated from high school in 1929 at age 
1 5, then farmed for five years to earn money 
to attend college. 

In 1935, Stewart enrolled at State 
Normal College, waiting tables in the 
college cafeteria and performing other odd 
jobs to help pay for his education. He 
graduated from State Normal College in 
1939 with a Bachelor of Science degree in 
math and chemistry. 

Stewart's first teaching job was in Oak 
Hill in Rapides Parish, where he taught math 
and science. That was where he met his 
future wife, Thelma Shipp, a teacher who 
had also attended Louisiana State Normal 
College. Tom and Thelma Stewart had three 

James T. Stewart, Dr. Randall J. Webb, 
Thomas E. Stewart and Linda Stewart Haynes 

Stewart also taught math and science at 
Summerfield in Claiborne Parish. World 
War II interrupted his teaching career. During 
the war, he served three years in the U.S. 
Army with the Topographic Engineers. After 
the war, he taught at Shongaloo and 
Evergreen in Webster Parish. In Evergreen, 
he served as the school's principal. 

In 1950, Stewart graduated with a 
Ma.ster of Arts from LSU. He continued his 
education by taking postgraduate courses, 
primarily in the sciences, at LSU, the 
University of Arkansas, Texas A&M 
University and the University of Texas. 

Stewart moved to Ruston in Lincoln 
Parish in 1950 and taught general science, 
chemistry and physics at Ruston High 
School until his retirement in 1975. He 
sponsored science fairs at Ruston High 
School during those years. Among his 
accomplishments were teaching a student in 
chemistry, who advanced to the National 
Science Fair. -Stewart's chemistry and 
physics students who participated in the 
Northwest Louisiana Rally placed first in 
both physics and chemistry in all but one 
year he taught those subjects. 

In 1970, Stewart received a certificate 
of merit from the Louisiana Science Teachers 
Association in recognition of "Superior 
Service" given to the advancement of science 
in the schools of Louisiana. 

After his retirement as a teacher, Stewart 
worked in the chemistry department at 
Louisiana Tech University until 1985. He 
lives at Russ House in Ruston. 

Northwestern floor mats bring school spirit to your front door 

Northwestern State University alumni and friends can show their school spirit to anyone who shows 
up at their front door. The NSU Alumni Association is offering colorful NSU welcome mats in five different 
styles and sizes to reflect pride in Northwestern and its athletic teams. 

A rectangular mat with the university logo is available in two sizes, a 22-inch by 30-inch mat for $30 
and a 34-inch by 48-inch bath mat for $50. Available for $30 each are a football-shaped 22-inch by 35- 
inch mat, a round basketball mat 29 inches in diameter, a round baseball mat 29 inches in diameter, and 
a round soccer mat 29 inches in diameter, each depicting the "Flaming N" logo. Fans can also purchase 
floorboard mats for their cars. Sizes are 24 inches by 1 8 inches for front mats, 1 inches by 1 7 inches for 
back seat mats. A pair of car mats costs $55. A round mat depicting the Northwestern seal featuring the 
universitys three symbolic columns, is available for $30 as well, 

"These welcome mats bring Demon spirit right to your front door," said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of 
Alumni and Development at NSU. "This is a fantastic way for friends of Northwestern to show pride in 
their alma mater." 

Anyone interested in purchasing a Northwestern welcome mat can contact Janay Matt at the NSU 
Alumni Center at (31 8) 357-441 5 or 1 -888-799-6486 or email . 

$30 - Northwestern seal 
featuring the university's 
three symbolic columns 

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Martin Foundation provides endowment for professorship in 
Computer Information Systems 

A donation from the Roy O. Martin Foundation has created 
the first ever endowed professorship for Northwestern State 
University's Computer Information Systems program. The 
endowed $60,000 donation has established the Roy O. Martin Sr. 
Endowed Professorship in Computer Information Systems 
(College of Business) and will be matched with $40,000 from 
the Louisiana Board of Regents' Support Fund. 

The Roy O. Martin Foundation is funded through Roy O. 
Martin Lumber Management, an Alexandria-based company 
founded in 1923 as a family business dedicated to the forest 
products industry. During its 80-year history, the company has 
become one of the largest independently owned wood products 
companies in the southern United States. 

"Forestry is a high-tech business." said Roy O. Martin III, 
president of Roy O. Martin Lumber Management, L.L.C. "The 
Northwestern CIS program has put out excellent graduates in 
badly-needed areas that are helping our business grow. 
Northwestern has become a learning institution that is stirring 
economic development in our region and businesses in our area 
can benefit from that." 

NSU's Computer Information Systems program is one of 
the university's designated Areas of Excellence and is renowned 
for its excellence in preparing students for careers in information 
systems development, electronic commerce, systems analysis and 
design and database modeling and administration. This year, for 
the fifth year in a row, students in the CIS program won the 
national championship in systems analysis. 

"Our students have not only solid business backgrounds, they 
also have highly technical backgrounds." said Dr. Lissa Pollacia, 
professor in the College of Business. "When we establish 
communication with companies like Roy O. Martin and they have 
a need in the area of information systems, we can steer students 
to those areas of need." 

An endowed professorship is created by a benefactor to fund 
the academic activities and research of a faculty member who 
has established a record of excellence in a specific academic 
discipline. Interest from the endowed professorship provides 
needed resources to support faculty innovations in teaching, 
training and continuous improvement. These faculty innovations 
determine the quality of a university's programs and its student 
output and the reputation of the university. 

A donation from the Roy 0. Martin Foundation has created the first 
endowed professorship in Northwestern State University's 
Computer Information Systems program. From left are NSU 
Director of Alumni and Development Dr. Chris Maggie, ROM 
representatives Carole Baxter and Spencer Martin, NSU Professor 
of Business Dr. Lissa Pollacia, ROM President Roy 0. Martin III, 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, NSU Assistant Director of 
Institutional Advancement Sharon Sampite and ROM Vice 
President of Human Resources Ray Peters. 

The company's operations include the Martco plywood plant 
in Chopin, which within the next 18 months will be expanded by 
30 percent to create 90 additional jobs. Earlier this year, the 
company broke ground on an oriented strand board (OSB) plant 
near Oakdale. The company operates a pine utility pole treating 
plant in Pineville and a hardwood sawmill and OSB mill in 
LeMoyen. ROM currently employs 1 , 1 00 people in the state and 
manages more than 600,000 acres of land, making it one of the 
state's largest private landowners. 

Last year. ROM provided scholarships for six Northwestern 
State students through the Martin Foundation Scholarship Fund. 
Dependents of employees of the Martin companies are eligible 
for the scholarships and must maintain a 2.75 grade point average. 
In addition. ROM is a member of the NSU President's Council, 
which supports academic programs and projects with a 
contribution of $ 1 ,000 or more per year. 

For more information on ROM, visit . For 
more information on NSU's Computer Information Systems 
program, visit . 

22-inch by 30-inch mat for 

$30 and a 34-inch by 48-inch 

bafh mat for $50 

$30 - basketball mat "^^^^^ $30 - baseball mat 

29 inches in diameter ^^^ , 29 inches in diameter 

$30 - football-shaped 

22-inch by 35-inch mat 

pair of car mats 
costs $55 

$30 - soccer mat 
29 inches in diameter 


Alumni Columns Fall 2005 / 1 1 

Alumni News 

College of Education will recognize Distinguished Educator!^ 

Five Northwestern State University 
alumni have been named 
Distinguished Educators and one 
alumnus has been designated a Friend of 
Education by the university's College of 
Education. The distinguished group will 
be recognized and honored during 
Northwestern's Homecoming festivities 
Oct. 15 and inducted into the College of 
Education Hall of Fame. The 
Distinguished Educators are Dan Carr of 
Natchitoches, Joe D. Cornett of Rogers, 
Ark.; Robert Crew of Natchitoches. James 
Larry Skinner of Stonewall and the late R.J. 
Stoker. Walter Lee has been named a 
Friend of Education. 

Dan Carr After graduating 

from Winnfield High 
School, Carr earned a 
degree in mathematics 
education and health 
and physical education 
at Northwestern in 
1955. He earned a 
master's degree in mathematics education 
and school administration at NSU and 
doctorate of education in mathematics 
education and school administration from 
the University of Mississippi. Carr began 
his career teaching math, health and 
physical education at Natchitoches High 
School. He was later head football and 
track coach. He was supervising teacher 
for mathematics student teachers at NSU 
before serving as supervising principal for 
all student teachers at Natchitoches High. 
Carr was principal at Natchitoches High 
from 1963-70 and was director of 
consolidated high schools into 
Natchitoches Central High School from 
1970-72. Carr was a professor in the 
College of Education for several years until 
his appointment to department head in 
1983. He was named dean of the College 
of Education in 1985. He retired as director 
of Institutional Research at NSU in 2000, 
having served in that capacity since 1987. 
Among his numerous professional and 
community service endeavors, Carr has 
chaired the Natchitoches Parish School 
Board Citizen's Budget Study Committee 
since 2003. Having served as secretary of 
the Kiwanis Club since 1996, he was 
elected 2003-04 Kiwanis District 11 
Secretary of the Year and the 2004-05 
Kiwanian of the Year. He has chaired the 
Administrative Council at First United 

Alumni Columns Fall 2005 / 12 

Methodist Church and served as president 
of the Graduate "N" Club of Northwestern 
State University. He was editor of the 
Louisiana Education Research Journal 
from 1979-94. 

Joe D. Comett 

Cornett earned 
bachelor's and master's 
degrees in education at 
Northwestern in the 
early 1960s and 
doctorate in education 
in 1966 from the 
University of Arkansas. 
During his career, he served as both a 
middle school teacher in Bossier Parish and 
a professor of education, mostly at Texas 
Tech University, where he was chair for 
many years at the Department of 
Educational Psychology and Leadership, 
the larger of two departments in the 
College of Education. His academic 
interests led him to specialize in the areas 
of curriculum, quantitative research design 
and analysis and statistics. He authored 
eight books and over 50 journal articles, 
monographs and technical reports and was 
instrumental in Texas Tech's successful 
move toward Division I Research status. 
Prior to that he taught three years at 
Southeastern Louisiana University and 
served as a mathematics teacher at 
Rusheon Junior High in Bossier City. 

A native of Waterproof, Cornett has 
contributed to NSU through his alumni 
status and. through his research and 
scholarly work in education, has gained 
national and international reputation in his 
field. He has been recognized by 
universities and by scholarly groups for 
sustained records of published research 
over the past three and half decades. 

Robert Crew 

Crew earned a 
bachelor's degree at 
Northwestern in 1965 
and a master of 
education degree in 
1968. Since 1997, he 
has served as 
executive assistant to 
the president of Northwestern State 
University. Crew began his career as a 
teacher in Caddo Parish and St. Mary 
Parish schools. He worked for many years 
in the state Department of Education, 
which he served as both deputy 
superintendent and acting deputy 

superintendent. Also in the Department of 
Education, he served as supervisor, 
assistant director and director of the Bureau 
of Higher Education and Teacher 
Certification, director of the Bureau of 
Continuing Education, and was director 
when those two bureaus merged. He also 
served as acting assistant superintendent 
of academic programs for the Department 
of Education. 

Crew is a member of the NSU 
President's Council, the Association for the 
Preservation of Historic Natchitoches, the 
Natchitoches Historic District 
Development Commission and Phi Kappa 
Phi. He served on numerous evaluation 
teams for the National Council for 
Accreditation of Teacher Education 
(NCATE) and for the Southern Association 
of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He 
organized and served on state visiting 
committees for approval of teacher 
education programs at state colleges and 
universities and was an active member of 
the National Association of State Directors 
of Teacher Education and Certification. 

Crew was president of the Louisiana 
State Association of School Personnel 
Administrators-. He served as ex officio 
member of the State Advisory Commission 
on Teacher Education and Certification, 
served as a member of the Louisiana 
Teacher Education Professional Standards 
Commission and served on the executive 
committee of the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Commission. He is the 1993 
recipient of the Pelican Chapter of the 
American Business Women's 
Association's "Business Associate of the 
Year" award. He is an ex officio member 
of the Northwestern State University 
Foundation board of directors. 

James Skinner skinner earned an 

^^^— ^^— ll undergraduate degree 

mat Northwestern in 
1 96 1 , a graduate degree 
in 1967 and completed 
30+ hours. He is a 
■81 flfe hB member of the 
^J Graduate "N" Club 
Athletic Hall of Fame, past member of Phi 
Epsilon Kappa at NSU and a member of 
Phi Delta Kappa. 

Skinner was superintendent of schools 
in Sabine Parish for 14 years and was 
principal of Many High School for nine 

years. He coached basketball and taught 

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social studies, physical education and 
English. He served as president and vice 
president of the Louisiana Association of 
School Superintendents and chaired and 
served on several Southern Association of 
Elementary and Secondary School 
evaluation committees. 

R.J. Stoker Stoker graduated 

from Many High 
School in 1927 and 
from Northwestern in 
1931 or 1932. He did 
graduate work at 
Colorado State and 
Stephen F. Austin, 
where he earned a master's degree. Stoker 
was principal at Belmont, Toro, Noble and 
Pleasant Hill schools. While serving at 
Belmont, he was the youngest principal in 
the state, at age 23. He was at Pleasant 
Hill for 20 years. In 1 964. he became state 
director of school food services and 
commodity distribution for the Louisiana 
State Department of Education. He was 
president of the Sabine Teachers 
Association for three terms and was 
president of the Northwest Louisiana 
Principals Group. 

Stoker organized the Louisiana 
Principal's Association and served three 
terms as president. He was president of 
the NSU Alumni Association for two terms 

and served on the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Executive Committee for four 
terifls and served as vice president and 
president of the Louisiana High School 
Athletic Association. He is a member of 
the NSU Graduate "N" Club and the 
Louisiana High School Athletic 
Association and Coaches Hall of Fame. 
Stoker was author of a well-received book. 
"Telling It Like It Was." of his memories 
of early education in Sabine Parish. Stoker 
passed away Jan. 8, 2004. in Lake Jackson. 
Texas, at age 93. 

Walter Lee 

superintendent Lee is a 
1958 graduate of 
Northwestern. He was 
elected vice president 
of the Louisiana State 
Board of Education, 

parishes in 

northwest part of the state. Lee was 
superintendent in DeSoto Parish for nearly 
13 years and has been a member of the 
State Board of Elementary and Secondary 
Education since 1991. Before moving to 
DeSoto Parish, he held the 
superintendency in Caddo Parish for 12 
years. Earlier he served as business 
manager and director of finance in Caddo 

A groundbreaking was held for the new NSU track. The track is funded by a state capital 
outlay appropriation and construction will be complete in November. From left are Vice 
President of External Affairs Jerry Pierce, NSU Director of Athletics Facilities Chuck Bourg, 
Architect Mark Williamson, Regional Construction owner and contractor Pat Johnson, NSU 
President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Rep. Taylor Townsend, Mayor Wayne McCullen, NSU Track 
Coach Leon Johnson, NSU Director of Alumni Affairs and Development Dr. Chris Maggio, 
City of Natchitoches Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow, University of Louisiana System Board 
member Jimmy Long and Executive Assistant to the President Robert Crew. 


Annie Ruth Garrett 
Matzko is retired and 
lives in Fairfax. Va. 

Margie McLean Witter 
is retired and lives in 
Topeka, Kan. 


Melva Mayson Maxey 
is a retired teacher and 
lives in Lake Charles. 


Gloria Betty Coffman 
Neathery is retired, 
married and lives in 
Livingston, Texas. 


Harry B. Moore is 
retired, mamed to 
Betty Lou Smith Moore 
('56) and lives in 


Hugh Phillip Holley is 
an Ag. pilot, married to 
Mary Lou Holley {'64) 
and lives in Tallulah. 

Linda Anne Whitehead 
Perot IS a special 
school principal at St. 
Mary's Day School, 
married and lives in 


A. W. (Billy) Palmer is 
retired and currently a 
real estate appraiser. 
He is married and lives 
in Shreveport. 


Dottye Lou Andries 
Morton is a retired 
associate professor of 
nursing, mamed and 
lives in Glenmora. 


Dr. James A. Weeks is 
a retired school 
married and lives in 
Orange. Texas. 

Jack W. Leggett is 
retired from Port Arthur 
ISD as director of 
personnel and is 
cun'ently serving as 
executive director of 
Center for Christian 
Services (United Board 
of Missions). He is 
married and lives in 
Port Neches. Texas. 


Jimmy Dale Johnson is 
retired and lives in 


Ralph Edward 
Stapleton (Col. -retired) 
is mamed to Donna 
Merchant Stapleton 
('70) and lives in 


Cyndee L. Osborne 
Ranes is a small 
business administra- 
tion loan officer, 
married and lives in 
Ariington, Texas. 

Gary Nathan Woods is 
an electronic 
technician for Hermann 
Memorial Hospital 
System, married and 
lives in Houston, 


Kenneth John Patin is 
the owner of Patin's 
Welding Wori<s and 
lives in Breaux Bridge. 


Alumni Columns Fall 2005 / 13 

Class Notes/Profiles 

Jon David Adams is an 
accounts manager for 
KBR, married and lives 
in Winter Springs, Fla. 


Sharon Rose Helo 
Gary is employed by 
East Baton Rouge 
Parish School Board 
as a speech patholo- 
gist, married and lives 
in Baton Rouge. 

Jeanne Mitchell 
recently joined the 
Huntsville, Alabama, 
office of CRS 
Engineering and 
Design Consultants, 
Inc. as an administra- 
tive assistant. 


Alan J. Stone is the 
clinical director and 
president at the Center 
for Psychological and 
Family Services, 
married and lives in 
Springfield, Mass. 


Anita D. Weaver 
Devillier is an instructor 
at Lamar University 
and lives in Sour Lake, 


Mary Himel Webster 
Hatcher is a librarian at 
Converse High School, 
married and lives in 


David G. Hadden is 
currently serving in the 
USAF, married and 
lives in Warrensburg, 


Teresa Annette Grappe 
DeLatin is an assistant 
coordinator of legal 
affairs at LSUHSC- 
Shreveport. She is 
married and lives in 


Amanda C. Jones is 
employed by the 
Beaumont Independent 
School District as a 
teacher and lives in 
Beaumont, Texas. 


Melissa Arlene 
Hightower Calcote is a 
homemaker, married 
and lives in Sugarland, 


John Castille is 
employed at the Law 
office of John Nonfood 
as an attorney and 
lives in Port Allen. 


Deborah Lynn Caple 
Williamson is a stay at 
home mom, married 
and lives in Shreve- 

Kirk Wayne Long is the 
CEO at Neuro Medical 
Center Hospital, 
married and lives in 
Denham Springs. 

Mark Beron Bryant is 
an attorney and has his 
own practice, married 
and lives in Shreve- 

Jennifer Feltner Creevy 
is employed at the New 
Orleans Public Library 
as a Librarian II, 
married and lives in 
New Orleans. 

Dr. Richard Engstrom 
is an assistant 
professor of political 
science at Georgia 
State University, 
married and lives in 
Peachtree, Ga. 


Nancy Elizabeth Roy is 
director of marketing 
for Chapter 1 1 
Bookstores and lives in 
Atlanta, Ga. 

Dr. Leonard Williams is 
the director of career 
development at the 
University of New 
Orleans and recently 
completed his 
doctorate of philosophy 
in higher education 
from the University of 
New Orleans. 


Angela M. Davis Burge 
is a registered nurse at 
Willis Knighten Medical 
Center, marhed and 
lives in Doyline. 

Lori Trahan is assistant 
director of career 
services at Kennesaw 
State University, 
secretary of the board 
of directors for the 
Good Mews Animal 
foundation. She 
presented at national 
ACPA conference in 
Nashville in Apnl 2005 
and June 2005 at GA 
association of Colleges 
and Employers 

Staci Lynette Remedes 
is a teacher at Zwolle 
High School, married 
and lives in Zwolle. 


Ruth Franklin Brumley 
is a payroll supervisor 
forAmerisafe Inc. and 
lives in Rosepine. 

Judy Carter is a 
corporate securities 
attorney at Winstead 
and lives in Dallas, 

Eve Cox Mitchell is a 
first grade teacher at 
Wedgewood Elemen- 
tary, married to Luke 
Mitchell ('03) and lives 
in Praiheville. 


Nikole V. Neuner Mock 
is a studio tech II for 

Edna Tarbutton 

Former Women's 
Basketball Player inducted 
to national Hall of Fame 

Northwestern State graduate 
Edna Tarbutton, who set national 
records for organized basketball with 
218 consecutive coaching victories 
at Baskin High School, was inducted 
into the Women's Basketball Hall of 
Fame July 9 in Knoxville, Tenn. 

Tarbutton also coached Baskin 
to nine state championships, 
including eight straight from 1948-55, to highlight a 33-year 
career in which she compiled a 654-263-2 record. 

The winning streak lasted from 1947-53. In eight years, 
her Baskin teams lost only twice in 313 games. 

"Miss Tarbutton has meant so much to me in my life," 
said former player Donnis Banks. "She taught me so much — 
not just the game of basketball, which I dearly loved. She 
taught me how to be mean. She taught me American history 
and put a love of teaching in my heart, and I taught in Vicksburg, 
Mississippi, for 13 1/2 years." 

Nicknamed "Tiny," the Northwestern graduate was noted 
as a strict disciplinarian and fierce competitor, but she was also 
one of the most popular teachers at Baskin, located near 
Winnsboro in northeast Louisiana. 

Previously, she was inducted into the Long Purple Line, 
the highest honor awarded to alumni of Northwestern State 
University. In 1993, she was enshrined in the Louisiana Sports 
Hall of Fame. 

She was one of six people honored during the Women's 
Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining her in the induction class were 
former Auburn coach Joe Ciampi, former Kansas star player 
Lynette Woodard, player/coach Dixie Woodall of Oklahoma, 
four-time Southwestern Oklahoma NAIA All-America pick 
Kelli Litsch and Women's Basketball Coaches Association 
organizer Hunter Low. 

"That's why we have the Hall of Fame," said Tennessee 
Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt. "There's so many people 
that don't understand the history of the women's game and 
how many people over a hundred years ago had an impact on 
young women that wanted to play the game and little girls that 
apsired to play the game. Coach Tarbutton was a big part of 
the past and the history — and we need to know about that in 
the present because she's a difference-maker." 

With those inductions, 85 people will have been honored 
since the women's hall opened in 1999. 

Tarbutton previously was inducted in the Louisiana High 
School Coaches Association Hall of Fame as one of 10 
inaugural inductees in 1980, and she was enshrined in the 
National High School Hall of Fame. 

Alumni Columns Fall 2005 / 14 

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Class Notes/Profiles 

ESPN, married and 

Michael Scott Howes is 

Shelly Miller is an 

Jamie M. Barnes is 

governor's office - La. 

Adam Cory Stoll is 

lives in West Hartford, 

a wilderness instructor 


currently teaching at- 

Children's Cabinet and 

employed at DHL 


at Second Nature 

coordinator at 

risk youth at American 

lives in Baton Rouge. 

Express in international 

Entrada and lives in St. 


Youthworks Charter 

customer service 

April Nance Franco is 

George, Utah. 

lives in Baton Rouge. 

School (High School) 

Staci Lee Clouse 

preferred accounts and 

the director of 

and planning to teach a 

Beebe is a certified 

lives in Mesa, Ariz. 

marketing at Excel 


Stephanie Ann Hood 

course on "Literature 

athletic trainer at 

International, married 

Terri Lynn Youmans 

Noel is a teacher at 

and Technology" at St. 

Christus St. Francis 

Courtney Lynn Hilton is 

and lives in Riverton, 

Bills is a fourth grade 

Opelousas Junior High 

Edward's University, 

Cabrini Hospital, 

an accountant for the 


teacher at A. Sam 

School, married to 

spring 2006. He lives 

married and lives in 

city of Leesville 

Houston Elementary, 

Brady Noel ('00) and 

in Austin, Texas. 


Housing Authority and 

Maidie Ciminel 

married and lives in 

lives in Opelousas. 

lives Leesville. 

Meckley is director of 

San Antonio. 

Dawn Lashea Delaney 

Kaitlin Savoy Deslatte 

student support 

Renee Louise 

Landers is marketing 

is a graduate student/ 

Sarah Townsend 

services at lovi/a 

Frances E. McGill 

Ramagos Boudreaux is 

consulting for KALB-TV 

archaeologist at the 

Ledbetter is a 

Western Community 

Morrow is a pharma- 

a legal assistant at 

- Newschannel 5, 

University of Massa- 

beverage supervisor at 

College and lives in 

ceutical sales 

Packard Packard & 

married and lives in 

chusetts at Boston and 

Hotel del Coronado 

Council Bluff, Iowa. 

representative for Eli 

LaPray, married and 


lives in Pawtucket R.I. 

and lives in Chula, 

Lillys Company, 

lives in Jennings. 



married and lives in 


Michelle Rose Meyer is 

Matthew Mularoni is a 


Misty Dawn Mayes 

Shannon Shoneice 

a pool supervisor at 

compant commander 

Sisson is a registered 

Hymes Wallace is a 

Bellagio Hotel/Casino 

in the 545'' Military 

Geneva Marney is a 

nurse at West 

section 8 specialist for 

and lives in Las Vegas. 

Police Company and 

volunteer manager for 

Calcasieu Cameron 

HUD Housing 

stationed at Ft. Hood in 

Young Leadership 

Hospital, married and 

Program, married and 


Killeen, Texas 

Council and lives in 
New Orleans. 

lives in Sulphur. 

lives in Shreveport. 

Erica Guidry Duval is 
employed at the YMCA 

Rhonda S. Fair is the 

Johnette Michelle 

Farrah Lasyone 

of the Pikes Peak 

tribal Liaison at the 

Stacie Cosby is an 

Perkins Monaghan is 

Edwards is an 

Region in aquatics, 

University of Oklahoma 

account manager for 

the band director at 

accounting supervising 

married to Michael 

and lives in Norman, 

Momentum, member of 

Blue Ridge MS/HS, 

at Harrah's Louisiana 

Anthony Duval ('03) 


big buddy youth 

married to Christopher 

Downs and lives in 

and lives in Fort 

mentoring organiza- 

Monaghan ('01) and 

Bossier City. 

Carson, Colo. 

S''^'^ "is. 


tion, children church 

lives in McKinney, 

Janery V. Wylie Barnes 

leader and lives Baton 


Michael Anthony Duval 


[ 00,1^ 

is a technical support 


is a first lieutenant in 


■ •'J 



representative at Alltel, 


the United States Army, 




married and lives in 

Jennifer Marie Stevens 

Courtnie L. Poche' is 

married to Erica Guidry 

' f 



Fordyce, Ark. 

Hamilton is a child 

employed at regional 

Duval ('04) and 


welfare specialist, 

urology as a registered 

stationed at Fort 


. 1 


Heath A. Fitts is 
director of technology 

married to Joshua 

nurse and lives in 

Carson, Colo. 




Hamilton ('03) and 


In Memory 


at the Learning Center 

lives in Alexandria. 

LaDesha Rae Guin 

Jennifer Stokey is a 
medical student at LSU 

for Rapides Parish, 

married and lives in 

Raven Temeka Brown 

Johnson is a RN-NICU 

School of Medicine and 


is a teacher for Fort 

at Rapides Women's & 

lives in Shreveport. 

Worth ISD and lives in 

Children's Hospital - 

'35 Audra Evans Allen, 

Tammy Johnson 

Fort Worth, Texas. 

Alexandria, married 

Maria Anne Simmons 

February 19, 2005 

Glascoe is a captain in 

and lives in 

is employed in the 

the medical service 



office of addictive 

'61 Ann "Pam" Morrow, 

corps, married to 

Dawn Michelle Casey 

disorders as a 

May 2, 2005 

Mutwa Glascoe ('00) 

Arceneaux is a 

Jennifer Pellegrin is 

counselor and lives in 

and lives in Aberdeen 

registered nurse/relief 

currently in her third 


Mary Reese Lannucci, 


supervisor and charge 

year of medical school 

September 23, 2004 

nurse -newborn 

at LSU in New Orleans 

Mary Frances James 

Darryl Keith Evans is a 

nursery, married and 

and lives in Metairie. 

Claycomb is a mental 

Louetta Theresa Falcon Palmer Provost, 

jazz ensemble director/ 

lives in Doyline. 

health specialist at 

Rayne, June 17,2005 

assistant band director 

Kimberly Jones is a 

Amethyst Brilliant 

at the University of 

Kerry Melissa 

senior executive 

Choices, married and 

Alan Lewis Landgridge, 

Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 

Garrington is 

administrative assistant 

lives in Covington. 

West Hartford, June 10, 2005 

married and lives in 

psychology assistant at 

at Kellogg Brown and 

Pine Bluff, Ark. 

Dr. Thrasher's Office 

Root and lives in 

Melissa Ann Champion 

and lives in Alexandria. 

Spring, Texas. 

is a coordinator in the 

■i ,v. north 

Alumni Columns Fall 2005 / 15 

Alumni News 

Looking bacK 

Distinguished Lecture Series 

Maya Angelou 

Tommy Lasorda 

Between the years 1 97 1 and 1 999. well 
known journalists, authors, politicians, 
sportsmen and artists graced the campus, 
speaking to students, faculty and visitors as 
part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. 

The program was begun by now Dean of 
Liberal Arts, Dr. Donald Hatley. His first guest 
was Peter Jennings, who had just returned 
from an assignment for ABC News in the 
Middle East. After that, more than 60 
renowned presenters spoke in the series. 

•'It was a big deal to get that caliber of 
speaker to Louisiana schools." said Hatley. 
"Being able to start and program and fill the 
auditorium was a pretty good feeling." 

Tommy Whitehead, former journalism 
department head, took over the program soon 
after its inception. 

"I remember .several speakers who had 
the entire audience engrossed in what they 
were saying," Whitehead said. " Ray 
Bradbury, Coretta Scott King, Paul Harvey 
and Maya Angelou are some who I remember 
as tremendous speakers." 

Although each speaker was a notable 
person of the time. Whitehead also remembers 
the more humorous side of some of the people. 

"Betty Fredan was just flown in from 
upstate New York and hadn't had a chance to 
eat anything." he said. "When she got here, 
she still wasn't able to eat and she got mad 
and threw her boots at me. Once she had 
spoken and we got her something to eat and 
drink, she was very mild-mannered." 

Nursing Class 
)f ' 65 Reunioi 

(40th Reunion) 

Thursday, Oct 20- 
Sunday.Oct 23 

at the 

Clarion Collection Garden 

District Hotel 

located at 

2203 St. Charles Ave. 

in New Orleans, LA. 

For reservations call 


or online at 

All classmates from the 

nursing class of 65, 

spouses and teachers 

are invited. 


Can you guess the names of these Wesley Westminster Foundation officers from 
1996? If so, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799- 
6486. The first five people to call with the correct answers will win a prize! 

Learn more about The Foundation in the next Alumni Columns Looking Back. 

Congratulations to the following people 
who knew the participants in the 
Intramural All-niter, Jan Wilson and Mairus 
McFarland in the Spring 2005 issue: 

Delaine Brown— 82 

Tiameko Overton— 2000 & 2005 

Chris Soileau— 81 
Denham Springs 

Ms. Vern Guidroz— 84 
Natchitoches, LA 

James Keller— 94 

Devin Allen— Current Student 
Benton, LA 

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Shown below is an NSU Flag that was flying over a United States military base in Bagdad, Iraq. Sgt. Blake Fowler, of the 1/t56th 
Armor Battalion of Shreveport, and a Natchitoches native, currently stationed in Iraq, had his comrades in arms autograph this 
one of a kind flag. Signing the flag (below, left) are Spc. Anwar Aiken ('02) and Spc. Matt Entwistle. Others from Natchitoches and 
Northwestern (below right) in this unit include (front) Sgt.\ Shane Garcie, Sgt. Blake Fowler, (middle) Spc. Edward Clement, Sgt. 
Robert Bartheiemy, Spc. Phillip Age, Spc. Klairone Coleman, (back) Sgt. Jerod Ward ('02), Sgt. Adam Aton and Sgt. James Spivey. 


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